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June 29, 2019

CoolSculpting Gone Bad

CoolSculpting Gone Bad By Barbies Beauty Bits


Yes, gone really bad as instead of reducing the size of my stomach it made it bigger! Now before I get into this, I want to share that if you are new to my website, that 99% of the content I provide is positive as I feel opinions are just that and not facts. Hence, when I talk about a product, I am only telling you about the ones I like, the ones I hate, you will rarely hear about those.

However, this is a different circumstance, as I feel it is essential to share with you a side effect of CoolSculpting that I was unaware of, primarily as it is claimed to be rare, but it is not. So, what the heck am I talking about? I am talking about a complication called "paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH)." Where instead of the fat shrinking, in the area that is treated with CoolSculpting, it gets bigger, and over time it gets hard and can be painful. WTF?? Yes, you read correctly, I now have a large permanent bulge on my stomach that resembles the CoolSculpting applicator shape!

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CoolSculpting Gone From Bad To Worse; My Entire Experience
If you do not want to read my story, you can skip to What is paradoxical adipose hyperplasia. If not, continue reading. Please note, I mention two doctors, Dr. A, where I had CoolSculpting, Dr. B is the plastic surgeon I went to for a second opinion.

Now, I know you are probably thinking well when you decide to have an elective procedure you are taking risks. Well, in this case, yes and no, as I agreed to promote Dr. A’s  total body bundle, that includes red light therapy first and to finish with CoolSculpting. In turn, I would share my progress on my blog and social media as the company had no marketing or testimonials from anyone.

Before And After For Red Light Therapy And Where My Stomach Was For The Start Of CoolSculpting
The first procedure in my fat reduction journey,  which was red light therapy was amazing. I lost weight, and you can see the results from the image above. You can also see in this picture what my stomach looked like prior to CoolSculpting from the AFTER photo. While that experience was successful and I would highly recommend Red Light Therapy for weight loss, the Coolsculpting was a downhill nightmare.

Coolsculpting before and afters by barbies beauty bits
Butter Stick After CoolSculping, This Is Normal
For the most part, CoolSculpting has an excellent safety record. During the procedure you will get the butter stick effect, which is supposed to be massaged out, this is normal. After the procedure, most patients experience mild side effects such as redness, tingling, and numbness, which goes away after a few weeks. Mine, however, was much longer.  About the 2nd week in, I still had no feeling in the area in which I had the procedure done, and it was still very red and swollen. Because of the concern, I called Dr. A’s office in which I had the procedure, and they said for some people it takes longer to get the feeling back and for me to wait about two more weeks and check back in.

My Follow Up With The Practice
When I called back, I was able to schedule an appt. With the owner of the practice, he (Dr. A) looked at me and told me, I was fine, and that the area still appeared to be swollen and to check back with him in another month, in which I did.  Two plus months in and while the numbness eventually went away; I started to notice a bulge, that was getting harder, that too me looked like the CoolSculpting applicator.

Dr. A claimed that sometimes you must have more than one process done to remove the fat. Since he was not the one to do the procedure (a licensed Aesthetician did it) he had no idea what I looked like prior.  So, I told him with all due respect, my stomach is larger than before, and it's not fat, it's very hard, and I did not gain weight. And that I don't think having another CoolSculpting series is what I need. The spot is not soft fat; it is hard and feels like it did after it was frozen (cryolipolysis) during the procedure. And more importantly, the mark is the exact size of the CoolSculpting device, in the exact place it was used.

Dr. A repeatedly told that if I wanted the bulge to go away, I needed more CoolScultping treatments. Frustrated as Dr. A was not listening, I left and went home.  Once I got back, I looked through all my photos to see if I had a before and after to share with him.  I know you are probably thinking; well, didn't the practice have a before and after? NO, they did not, as this is one area there were horrible at.

None the less, the photos I did have were the ones I took of the procedure. And if you compared my current state with the picture you could visibly see the bulge was from the CoolSculpting device and looking back now, it was clearly PAH.

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What Is PAH And Why Can It Happen After CoolSculpting?

I was not aware of PAH. I only found out about it, after my frustrations with my stomach, I decided to go to a plastic surgeon (Dr. B) to get a second opinion. It was at that appointment that I was told it was PAH. I was like what the heck is that?

The Plastic Surgeon explained the technology behind CoolSculpting, which I already knew but will share with you. You see, a CoolSculpting procedure cools fat cells to temperatures that trigger their natural death.  Those cells are then eliminated naturally by the body over the following weeks and months.
The Only Way To Treat PAH Is With Liposuction By Barbies Beauty Bits
During the procedure, a non-surgical applicator delivers precisely controlled cooling to the treatment area to selectively target treated fat cells, slimming you down, and leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. Usually, this is what happens.  However,  a side effect is that the fat in the treated area, instead of shrinking expands and hardens into an unnaturally shaped lump in response to the extreme cold.

This is called paradoxical (abnormal) adipose (fat) hyperplasia (unusual increase in a structure), or PAH for short. Instead of the area shrinking, the bulge after CoolSculpting gets larger and usually becomes firmer than surrounding tissues and resembles the shape of the CoolSculpting applicator.

Needless to say, I was frustrated, but that wasn't the worst. Dr. B told me the only way to fix this was with Liposuction. WTH, you mean I must have an invasive procedure now and pay for it out of pocket to fix this?

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The Only Way To Treat PAH Is With Liposuction

Yep, that is right while PAH is treatable, the only way to fix this bulge on my stomach is with Liposuction, not another CoolSculpting procedure like Dr. A told me. Furthermore, this is not something I can get right away, as I have to wait about nine months until the bulge softens enough to remove safely.

This entire ordeal has been both emotionally and physically draining, especially considering I did the procedure to help market the practice and secondly to address an already bothersome area on my stomach that now appears worse.

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The Doctor Told Me He Would Not Help Me
After finding out that I had PAH, I proceeded to contact Dr. A directly via email, this was a fail as I got no response. About two weeks later, when I acquired his cell phone number, I called him and left him a voicemail telling him I needed to speak with him.  When he finally called me back, he was very nonchalant and said that he was closing his weight loss practice and couldn't help me and that if it was PAH, he agreed I would have to get Liposuction done to fix it and that I should make an appointment with a plastic surgeon as he could not help me. I was like, so let me get this right, you are telling me, that I have to fork out $8000 plus to be put under anesthesia and have lipo done to fix this and you have nothing to say about it but, you can't help you're closing your practice. He said, yes. And that was the end of our conversation.

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Liposuction VS CoolSculpting To Lose Fat
In hindsight, I would not have CoolSculpting done. While it is a promoted as a noninvasive procedure, it costs more as most have to do 2-3 treatments and you don't even get the benefit of detailed sculpting.

On the other hand, Liposuction can end up costing less than some non-surgical alternatives in the long run. A plastic surgeon can determine precisely how much fat to remove to achieve the desired results in only one procedure unlike me, who now has to pay twice.  And if there is an issue, even a side effect, most Dr's offer to help fix and rectify the situation. Not tell you, sorry, I can't help you, and by the way, we suck so bad we are closing our practice!

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Takeaway
Do your research on any cosmetic procedure and always ask about possible complications.  While I did do research, I did not read anything on PAH, nor did the practice, tell me this was a possible side effect.  Otherwise, I may have reconsidered the procedure, since I was only about 15 lbs. overweight.

In conclusion, I hope my story will give some insight to know that while CoolSculpting is marketed as a noninvasive way to lose fat. It is costly, and you should way out your options. And lastly, go to a plastic surgeon, not a spa with an aesthetician to perform, as they can't fix any mistakes or assist with adverse side effects. Otherwise, you will end up like me, stuck as because this was a side effect, there isn’t anything legally I can do about.

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June 11, 2019

Top Five Beauty Tips To Make Your Skin Glow


Top Five Beauty Tips To Make Your Skin Glow By Barbies Beauty Bits

As the summer months roll in, we all would like a healthy glow to our skin so we can show it off and feel good about ourselves. A gorgeous complexion during the Summer is a less is more approached to get the natural-looking luminosity, which can be easily achieved with proper skin care and makeup. So to get you ready for Summer, we are sharing our "Top Five Beauty Tips To Make Your Skin Glow."

Hydration For The Skin
I am sharing this one first, as I am bad at drinking enough water. So to remind myself it will be first on the list!

Proper hydration is critical for healthy looking skin, which is why you need to be drinking plenty of water. Water is needed as your skin cells are made up of mostly that - water! Without water, the skin cells can shrink, which leads to them under-performing, and therefore, you’ll have dry and dull skin, that can lead to wrinkles! Not only does water help your skin from the inside out, but it also washes out all the nasty toxins and bacteria in your body so you’ll undoubtedly start to notice fewer breakouts in your skin when drinking water 6-8 glasses of water a day.

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Have A Regular Skincare Routine
Creating a smooth complexion is vital for proper makeup application. That is why merely washing your face with soapy water isn’t going to cut it. You see our skin is exposed to tons of free radicals, that can wreak havoc on our skin.  Elements like dirt, sweat, pollution, cigarette smoke, even makeup not only can clog your pores but can also lead to premature aging.   Therefore it’s essential to cleanse and exfoliate your face correctly.

Some products that you should include within your routine are hyaluronic acid and vitamin c serum. Acids are very popular in skincare products now as they help with exfoliating the skin, reducing redness and acne.
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Get Plenty Of Beauty Sleep

The secret to a healthy glow is getting plenty of beauty sleep. Like with water, having fewer hours of sleep each night can stop your body from completely recovering and repairing itself overnight. Not only that but the under eyes will likely become darker, and bags can form, which can be hard to get rid of. You should ideally be getting around seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Of course, some people can function on less, but that’s not necessarily healthy for your body.

Use A Self-Tanning Moisturizer
Not everyone loves wearing fake tan, but a self-tanning moisturizer might be the perfect compromise that looks natural and doesn’t get as patchy as other fake tanning products. There are plenty of body and face moisturizers that will give you a natural glow over the course of a few days. You can continue to top it up each night so that you’ve got that tanned skin every day both on your body and face. They also have self-tanning in serums too if you’d rather a lighter consistency when applying self-tan on your face.

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Dewy Foundation And Highlighters
To add to your self-tanning moisturizer, you might want to switch up or add some makeup products to your routine to get a glowing look. Dewy foundation can add some shine to the face and then following that with a blinding highlighter is perfect. Highlight on the bridge of your nose, under the eyebrows and on the cheekbones. You want to put it where the light naturally hits your face. These two products are the best things to have in your bag during the Summer.

Follow these five tips to get that summer skin glow you’ve been after and that will get you all of the compliments!

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June 10, 2019

3 Effective Ways To Deal With Uneven Skin Tone

3 Effective Ways To Deal With Uneven Skin Tone By Barbies Beauty Bits

Uneven skin tone, called hyperpigmentation (the irregular darkening of the skin) is a big beauty problem that a lot of women have to deal with, especially with those over forty. Not only can it make you feel self-conscious, but it can also become very frustrating if it is not taken care of properly.

But fret no more as I am here to share with you "Three Effective Ways To Deal With Uneven Skintone." Now before I get into some of the ways to treat your uneven skin tone, I think it is essential to understand some of the causes, as the treatments that you choose depends on the cause of the problem!  And once you have identified the issue, you can start looking for some custom skin care products which deal with those specific issues.

What Causes An Uneven Skin Tone
There are three leading causes of uneven skin tone.
  • Sun damage
  • Estrogen levels
  • Swelling from acne
If your uneven skin tone is caused by sun damage or swelling from acne, the dark areas will become confined to circles, but if estrogen levels cause them, they're likely to spread further.

If sun damage is a problem, it's essential that you are using the right protection whenever you go outside and if acne is causing uneven skin tone, you need a good cleanser to stop dirt building up in your pores.

Lastly, an increase in hormones can cause Hormone-related hyperpigmentation. Most who experience this are either pregnant or taking birth control, just something to keep in mind. 

Treatments To Achieve An Even Skin Tone
I want to first start by saying you do not need to spend an arm and a leg for a laser treatment or a prescription that you can only get from a plastic surgeon or aesthetics office.  As the tips I am sharing today you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

Makeup
I'm listing this as makeup is one of the first things people think of, but honestly, you need to treat the problem before applying makeup! Why you may ask? Well, although makeup can work wonders, it can only do so much, and sometimes if you are not choosing the correct makeup, you can make the situation worse, but highlighting your imperfections. Yuk, I know!

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Apply SPF Daily
While the sun is beautiful, it is not always friendly to our skin, especially if you are going in it unprotected!  And if you are like me in my younger years, I never wore an SPF, which is the number one beast behind hyperpigmentation. The goal is to apply a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30 at all times and all seasons of the year.

Exfoliate
Old dead skin cell build-up is a significant reason for the skin to look dull, rough, and dry.  When we exfoliate, we can remove that build-up of old dead skin revealing the new skin cell. Another bonus when we eliminate this dead skin, it also aides moisturizers and other skincare products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, allowing them to work at their best.

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Ways To Exfoliate The Skin

Skin Peels
Most of the skin cells with the darker pigment are going to be sitting on the top layer of the skin, so a chemical peel can be an excellent way to reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone drastically. However, you should stay away from bleaching peels that claim to immediately minimize uneven skin tone because they aren't effective and they are not very good for your skin. Repeated use of a normal skin peel will give you better long term results.

Microdermabrasion
I love me a great Microdermabrasion, as it is a great way to remove that top layer of skin and reduce your uneven skin tone. Most treatments use fine crystals to remove the top layer of the skin gently. And while you can go to a salon to do this, it can be timely and costly, which is why I love home kits that you can use to do it yourself.  Not only will you be saving money, but the results can be just as good. And if you use it regularly, you should see a reduction in uneven skin tone and an improvement in the overall appearance of your skin.

Bottom line beauties, while uneven skin tone can be tricky, if you follow these steps, you should be able to deal with it effectively.  Until Next Time!

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June 7, 2019

How Can Diamond CBD And CBD Oil Help With Anxiety


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How Can Diamond CBD And CBD Oil Help With Anxiety
Yes, this is a question that many ask… “How Can CBD Oil Help With Anxiety,” especially with the hectic lives most of us live, stress and anxiety are becoming a bigger problem in society. The expression stress kills has taken a whole new level over the years. Many people are looking for some relief, which is why some of the big pharmaceutical companies have been pumping out tons of drugs to help treat some anxiety-related disorders.  While these are very helpful for some, not everyone is favorable of taking these.

I am one of the non-favorable ones for some personal reason, which is why I focus on some self-help ways to manage and possibly reduce stress and anxiety, by implementing some at home remedies like Exercise, journaling, laughing, yoga, personal time, therapy, and vacationing. In addition to these self-help activities, I have found a benefit in something else, which is CBD Oil. I’m sure many of you have read or at least heard about CBD oil, as it is really having a moment in the wellness realm!

According to a 2018 cross-sectional study of CBD users, “anxiety” ranks as one of the top reasons for consuming the cannabis-derived products, along with pain.

So, considering that a lot of us are suffering from some form of anxiety, about 40 million adults age 18 or older (according to the ADAA), CBD may come as welcome relief.

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What The Heck Is CBD And Does It Get You High
There are many searches on the internet, asking, “What is CBD Oil” and “Does CBD Oil Get You High.” And I am going to answer those for you!

CBD is a cannabinoid that is extracted from cannabis. Like any other plant species, cannabis comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors. One group of cannabis strains is called hemp. Hemp is also known as industrial hemp or agricultural hemp, and unlike the strains referred to as marijuana, hemp is used for building materials, textiles, and food.

And there just happens to be strains of hemp that are high in CBD and have negligible amounts of THC.

Until recently, the best-known compound and active ingredient in cannabis were THC. However, Marijuana contains both THC and CBD, and these compounds have entirely different effects.

The THC that is found in cannabis is what creates the mind-altering "high" when heat is applied to, and a person smokes or uses it in cooking. This is because the THC breaks down when it encounters the hot temperature.

CBD-rich hemp is different. Unlike THC, it has no psychoactive effect. This means that CBD does not change a person's state of mind when they use it — hence allowing the consumer to enjoy the benefits of CBD without the risk of getting high.

How Can CBD Oil Help With Anxiety
So, now that you know what the heck CBD is, how can it help with anxiety? Well, before I get into this, please keep in mind I am not a medical professional, and what I am sharing with you is for informational purposes only.

But, CBD, unlike some of the pharmaceutical drugs out there that can be highly addictive, is more tolerated with its powerful anti-anxiety properties.

Multiple studies suggest that CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory that is also neuro-calming. So not only does this cannabidiol make people feel better, but it also can change the way their brains responded to anxiety by boosting the serotonin levels and thereby reducing stress.

But the bottom line is it's important to remember that CBD is a diet supplement and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. So, check with your doctor for medical advice.

Which CBD Oils Should I Use For Anxiety By Barbies Beauty Bits

Which CBD Oils Should I Use For Anxiety?
There are tons of products out there. One brand I like is Diamond CBD. I’ve used a variety of their products, even ones for my pets!

Diamond CBD has a wide selection of products. I have personally used their CBD oils (CBD tinctures or CBD oral drops), that range from 10 mg up to 3500 mg.  These oils are both flavored and unflavored all in which are non-GMO, THC free, pesticide free and made in the USA.

I like flavored CBD products and boy do they have a large variety, including 19 flavors to choose. From fruit and dessert to candy and drinks, they have you covered.

Another thing I like about this brand is that they offer more than just the traditional CBD oil, they also have a selection to include:
  • CBD Honey Tincture
  • MCT Oil
  • CBD with Hemp Seed Oil
  • CBD with Olive Oil
  • And we can’t forget about the convenient, travel-sized, CBD dropper; you can take with you on the go.

The Best CBD Oils
No matter how you like to consume your CBD — with a vape, by tincture, or on the go dropper, we've rounded up a few of our current favorite CBD products to help with anxiety, including a cotton candy flavor!

Relax Full Spectrum CBD Oil - 550mg
An OIL TINCTURE
Relax Full Spectrum CBD Oil, delivers the ideal amount of CBD to meet all your wellness needs. Made in the USA from 100% high-quality industrial hemp, this 550 mg bottle of CBD is perfect for those wanting to combat stress, anxiety, and chronic pain.

With just a single droplet or two placed underneath the tongue for quick and easy absorption into the bloodstream, this full spectrum CBD oil provides consumers with the most effective form for consumption of high-quality full-spectrum CBD.

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Daily Boost CBD Oil - Blue Dream 1000MG Formula
On The Go Dropper
Enjoy this convenient, travel-sized, CBD dropper anywhere you go!  The Daily Boost Blue Dream 1000mg Formula CBD tincture is a sublingual CBD oil that is MCT oil based and infused with cannabidiol (CBD). This high-quality CBD oil is made in America and scientifically formulated with 33mg of CBD oil per dose.

Liquid Gold- Strawberry

Vaping Pen
Liquid Gold CBD Vaping Pen with delicious Strawberry flavored e-liquid is the ready-to-use CBD liquid vaping stick that’s a great CBD alternative.

The Liquid Gold CBD Oil Vaping Pen comes charged up, ready to go and good for up to 200 Puffs.

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Cotton Candy Flavor Diamond CBD Oil
Did someone say cotton candy? Yes, not only is it a hemp oil cotton candy flavored but it is a high-end CBD Tincture oil which is infused with premium CBD rich hemp oil that also can be used as vapor-liquid!

So, there you have it beauties my tips on how CBD oil can help with anxiety, until next time.

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June 4, 2019

Sizzling Summer $2500 Cash Giveaway


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That is right, with Summer around the corner, that means new hair care, skincare, clothes and other beauty products for the perfect summer styles and looks! But they sure can be costly, so wouldn't you like some extra spending money to get ready? If so you have come to the right place!

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May 31, 2019

What The Heck Is In Prenatal Vitamins And When Should I Be Taking Them

What The Heck Is In Prenatal Vitamins And Why Should I Be Taking Them By Barbies Beauty Bits

If you are pregnant or are trying to conceive (TTC), I'm sure the question about whether you should take prenatal vitamins is running through your head.

While maintaining or implementing a healthy diet during your pregnancy is essential, you may not get all of the essentials nutrients your body needs and this is where a prenatal vitamin can step in to help fill the gaps.  Heck, even some of us non-pregnant women have taken them every once in a while.

So, What The Heck Is In Prenatal Pills And Why Should YOU Be Taking Them? Well, if you want to find out, continue reading!

For this post, I partnered up with Morning Pep and a local OBGYN. However, because I am not a medical professional, I do recommend consulting with a physician or midwife first.

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When Should You Start To Take Prenatal Vitamins
Yes, you may have been asking yourself when to start taking prenatal vitamins? Well, according to my OBGYN, you should start taking a prenatal vitamin during TTC, to help kickstart your body. But not all pregnancies are planned so as soon as you find out that you are pregnant, start taking them!

What To Look For In A Prenatal Vitamin
As with anything in life, not all things are created equal, and this goes for prenatal vitamins. So, listen to your Doctors recommendations. While some may suggest a specific brand, most will leave it up to you to select a particular one, like the prenatal vitamin from Morning Pep.

Now before I get into what Morning Pep has to offer with their prenatal vitamins, there are a few musts that you need to make sure a prenatal vitamin contains, according to Dr. Leoa. See them below and the importance they play on the body.

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Folic Acid: This is a vitamin B and is a must to take when you are pregnant. Some even say it is a pregnancy superhero as it is supposed to help prevent neural tube defects, like a brain and spinal cord defects.

Calcium & Vitamin D: We put these together as they are great for bone strength and growth, especially later in your pregnancy.

Iron: This is not only great for the babies growth and development, but it can help to prevent you from becoming anemic during your pregnancy.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
This is important to help to promote the baby's brain development, however not all prenatal vitamins have this, so your Dr. may recommend that you take an omega three supplement.

Bottom line, it is essential to remember that prenatal vitamins need to be combined with a healthy diet. They are not a substitute for not eating well, and proper nutrition is key to a healthy pregnancy and baby, so plan accordingly.

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Morning Pep All In One Prenatal Vitamin
Since I am not pregnant, I can't tell you how these vitamins make me feel like I do with most products on my website. But, I was very impressed that their formula was food based and rich in all the essential nutrients for expecting and nursing mothers as well as….
  • Aiding in Morning Sickness And Nausea
  • The Folic Acid Comes In The Form of L-Methyl Folate, The Most Bioavailable And Easily Absorbed Form of Folic Acid Or Folate.
  • Tablets Are Odorless And Tasteless, So You Do Not Experience Any Side Effects Like Nausea, etc.
  • Includes 25 MG of A Superior Blend of PROBIOTICS & ENZYMES And 800 MCG of Folic Acid (Folate).
  • Supports A Healthy Pregnancy, Breast Health, Healthy Estrogen Levels And The Immune System.
  • May Help Support Hormone-Related Mood Swings.
  • Is Manufactured And Packaged In The USA

How Long Should I Take Prenatal Vitamins?
You should be taking these during your entire pregnancy. Some physicians even recommend that you continue taking them after your baby is born, especially for those that are breastfeeding.

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May 9, 2019

Beauty Guide To Getting You Beach Ready - With Tempt Me Swimsuits


Beauty Guide To Getting You Beach Ready By Barbies Beauty Bits

Summer is right around the corner, which means the beach, boats, shorts, sandals, tank tops and of course a bathing suit.  But are you ready to sport those shorts, that bikini and show the world your feet, feeling and looking confident?  Well, if not, don't worry as I have partnered up with Tempt Me to share with you my "Beauty Guide To Getting You Beach Ready."

Beach Beauty Tips


Find What "Suits" You Best
The first tip is to finding the right bathing suit, whether a one-piece or a bikini it can be a daunting task and Tempt Me Swimsuit is here to help.

Tempt Me is an international renowned online swimsuit retailer, which specializes in providing  ladies with unique designed swimsuits. They have women's bathing suits for all body types to make you feel more confident and charming.

It is essential when shopping that you are choosing a swimsuit that fits your body type, this works for most of your other summer wardrobe as well, doing so is going to allow you to feel more confident in the way you look.  No matter your size there is a bathing suit that will work well with your body.  The key is to find styles that flatter you and stick with that; this is not a one style for all!!!

I love the variety of styles that Tempt Me Swimsuit has from off the shoulder two piece suits, to high waisted retro bathing suits, vintage one piece suits, and even high neck one pieces! Their swimsuits are fun, unique, flattering and their pricing is fantastic, most suits are $25 or less. This is unheard, especially for ones that are so cute and trendy.

Check out some of my favorite bathing suit styles below and if you see one you like, Tempt Me has been kind enough to offer all of my readers 10% Off Your Purchase.

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The second tip when selecting the perfect bathing suit is to get an opinion from someone that you know will be 100% honest.  Thankfully, I have some very blunt friends and of course, my mom will never sugar coat.  I would not advise asking your significant other to help you shop.  For one they may not always be honest as they don't want to hurt your feelings and secondly, they may be focusing on specific body parts instead of looking at your overall appearance. 

Treat Your Toes
Those feet have been cooped up for months, so let them loose. With summer in the air, the shining sun, it's time to show off those feet and toes, but make sure they are ready! One of the best ways to revive your feet and toes is with a pedicure. Because when your feet feel good, your whole body feels refreshed and energized.

Smooth Summer Skin
There's nothing more beautiful than the confidence that comes with smooth, radiant skin and this goes for your bikini line as well! And do I have the product for you to help remove those itty bitty and stubborn hairs… Nair™ Wax Ready-Strips for Bikini & Face!

Say goodbye to showing your private area to the salon and hello to a mess-free, easy, and no expertise required, waxing you can do in the comfort of your home! Plus, you'll be saving money!!! 

Nair™ Wax Ready-Strips for Bikini & Face review by barbies beauty bits

Protection
I love Summertime, weather! However, it doesn't always love us back, especially when it comes to our hair and skin. Every year, people suffer from the results of the sizzling summer sun. From sunburns to damaged hair, the sun wreaks havoc upon us in many ways. See below some ways to protect yourself from the blazing sun.
  • Skin And Eyes
    Protecting your skin is essential, hence using a waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is a must and make sure you are protecting your eyes with some sunglasses!
  • Covering Your Hair
    When at the beach, I always wear a hat to protect my hair from the hot UV rays of the sun that can damage my hair.  Additionally, the salt water can turn my blond hair brassy, and that is the last thing I need after spending all that money to lighten my hair.
Exercise And Diet Tips To Getting You Bikini Ready
Staying active is so important, and let's be honest, some of us may not be all so happy with our winter bodies, especially our midsection. One significant contributor to belly fat is the evil culprit...SUGAR! While I do not eat sweets, I do consume a few bottles of wine a week.  Therefore, I need to be implementing some quick ways to banishing belly fat, with some of the tips I have listed below.

 7 Tips To Banishing The Belly Fat
  1. Eat low carbohydrate foods with low sugar... You want to stay away from foods that can raise your insulin level.
  2. Look for foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as low in fat and calories.
  3. Excessive sodium can create 'false fat,' making you look bloated and up to 9 pounds heavier than your actual weight, WTH? So a trick to helping with that is to add raw apple cider vinegar to your diet.
  4. Sleep well and avoid stress. Stress causes you to crave sugary food.
  5. Take a daily walk. Try to walk for 30 mins. a day.
  6. Implement some high interval training into your workout.
  7. Try some burning belly exercises, like planks and all types of crunches.
Exercise and diet to get rid of belly fat by Barbies Beauty Bits
Stay Hydrated
Make sure you are drinking plenty of water! This is one thing I am not good at, but drinking plenty of water will help hydrate and give your hair and skin the internal moisture it needs to look and feel healthy. And when you feel good, you will be surer of yourself. There is a great recipe here for detox water.

So, there you have it, our beauty guide to helping you to be summer & bikini ready! As you can see a little pre-planning will ensure that your day on the beach, or at the pool for that matter, can now be about unwinding, having fun, while remaining confident all summer long! And if all that wasn't good enough, we also are going to give you a kick start with 10% Off your Bikini or Bathing Suit purchase at Tempt Me Swimsuits, with code BARBIESBEAUTYBITS
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April 25, 2019

Top 7 Tips To Treat And Prevent Wrinkles Caused From Tech Neck

Top 7 Tips To Treat And Prevent Wrinkles Caused From Tech Neck By Barbies Beauty Bits And Spencer Barnes LA

Have you ever noticed the reflection of yourself in your computer screen or cell phone and unexpectedly see a double chin when looking down at your computer? Or worse noticed some fine lines and wrinkles on your chin and neck, because of how your neck and head are positioned? Well, this happened to me a few months ago, and I was like oh my goodness that looks horrible do I look like that all the time when I am at my desk.  And the answer is 90% of the time, yes because of how my computer is positioned, and this could be you too!

Since the creation of the smartphone, internet, and online technology, more and more people are keeping their heads down a lot more. Spending hours upon hours hunched over, looking down from responding to emails, posting on social media, texting, blogging, reading, working or in my case since I work online, all the above. Unfortunately, because of this, the skin on my neck and chin have taken a toll, all from looking down at my laptop, hours a day, every day and now I have Tech Neck.

how are cell phones are causing wrinkles by barbies beauty bits

What The Heck Is Tech Neck
Tech neck pertains to pain, stiff neck, aches and in my case the wrinkles (on my neck and chin) that are caused by spending all that time on a computer and phone. As you bend your neck down to use these devices, the positioning, creases the chin, neck, and chest, causing wrinkles that get worse over time.

WT?? Yes, it is horrible to come to this realization. Especially me, since I work in the skincare industry, I take great care of my skin, and it sickens me to think I never paid attention to this. I mean who has a mirror in front of them while they are working? Not many.

So, what are we to do? 

The Top 7 Ways To Treat & Prevent Tech Neck
While you could go to a dermatologist and pay money for Botox, micro needling, fillers, and skin tightening treatments, these can be costly. So, before you go an invest in those, there are some preventive measures and nonsurgical methods to help with your tech neck wrinkles.

No. 1 Skincare Products
The neck seems to be one area many forget about when it comes to their skincare regimen. But treating your neck is just as important as treating your face. This means, applying sunscreen, moisturizers, a retinol, or even an anti-aging cream that is formulated just for the neck and d├ęcolletage.

Skincare tips to help with tech neck wrinkles by Barbies Beauty Bits

No. 2 Skincare Devices
If you follow my blog regularly you know I am all about skincare devices as there as some great ones out there that deliver exceptional results and are much less costly than going to a Dr. Plus, I like that I can use these in the comfort of my own home.

One new device that I have seen out on the market is Spencer Barnes LA Neck, Chin & Jawline Sculpting Wand. I’ve been so excited to try this product as I love Spencer Barnes. For those of you who may not know him, he is a celebrity make-up and skincare expert based in Hollywood, working with many women you may have seen on the red carpet!

When I saw this device online, I thought this device is perfect for tech neck as the wand targets the thinnest and most fragile areas of the skin...the neck, chin, and jawline. I love that it is specifically designed to sculpt and define the neck, chin and jaw area in a nonsurgical way.


So How Does The Spencer Barnes LA Neck, Chin & Jawline Sculpting Wand Work?
The wand contains an antimicrobial smooth, flexible stainless-steel ball that sculpts and defines the areas most affected by tech neck.

Each wand includes 104 doses that delivers the same amount of product each time you click the device. The formula contains ingredients that build collagen, lifts and relaxes the skin! As well as providing a lot of much-needed hydration so the collagen and elastin can function to keep your skin taut and plump.  The sculpting wand also…
  • Contains a combination of nourishing ingredients, proprietary technology, and encapsulated peptides
  • Offers immediate and cumulative results and benefits
  • Starts penetrating the skin in about 3-5 minutes
  • You can feel it working as you will feel a mild tingling sensation to a warm feeling in the neck and chin area. But don’t worry this is normal, it means it is working
  • Skin will begin to desensitize, and the initial tingling and warmth will cease after the first few days of use
  • Evens out skin tone to achieve brighter, tighter and hydrated skin
  • Fragrance-free
  • Gluten free
  • Paraben-Free
  • Cruelty-free
  • 100% Vegan
While I have not had the chance to try the device myself, they were kind enough to offer my followers and myself a discount on this wand, which I will sure be using and so can you. Simply use code BARBIESBEAUTYBITS, and you will get 10% off your purchase, now how cool is that?

Spencer Barnes Neck, Chin & Jawline Sculpting Wand review by Barbies Beauty Bits

I don’t know about you, but I am so excited to be able to try this revolutionary Neck, Chin & Jawline Sculpting Wand! It’s time to say bye, bye tech neck and hello younger looking skin!

No. 3 Keep Your Computer Monitor At Eye Level
This is one of my most significant changes and most beneficial to reduce neck flexion. I decided to purchase a new computer instead of using my laptop all of the time. I also bought a monitor stand for my computer and set the stand up so that the screen is at eye level or slightly higher.

Things To Change To Prevent Tech Neck By Barbies Beauty Bits

No. 4 Set An Alarm
I try to have one go off every hour, for me to get up, stretch and walk around. There are some apps. that you can download to set the time how you would like.

No. 5 Face Yoga
The premise behind face yoga is the same as what yoga does for the other parts of your body, to tone and relax the muscles. While some people may think these are a bunch of bull, to me, it can’t hurt. Check out some of these series of face yoga movements here.

No. 6 Neck Workout
One good thing about working out of my home is I can do these during the day, without others looking at me like what the heck, get back to work.  Check some of them out below.

Kiss The Ceiling: Not literally, but to do this, you want to bend your neck in an upward motion, tilt your neck back and pucker your lips in a kissing movement. Doing this will work your neck muscles.

Neck Rotation:  Move your head from one side to the next and hold for a few seconds.

Streching techniques to help with neck issues by Barbies Beauty Bits

No. 7 Stretches
There are some positions you can implement to help stretch the neck muscles and train the body to keep the head in correct alignment. See some of them below.
  • Cobra positions
  • Face Down with Scaption
  • Upward Facing Dog
So, there you have it beauties, the many ways you can treat your tech neck! Until next time!
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April 22, 2019

What The Heck Is Black Maca? And What Are The Benefits?


What The Heck Is Black Maca? And What Are The Benefits Of Using It By Barbies Beauty Bits And Naked Nutrient

Hey beauties, today I want to share with you another great superfood which is BLACK MACA. Now, some of you may have heard of this root as it has been heavily marketed as being effective at enhancing fertility and sex drive! While this claim is backed by research, that is not all it is suitable for.

For this post, I have partnered up with Naked Nutrients. They are one of my favorite companies for great Superfoods and adaptogens (which are herbs and plants that are high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds), like their Black Maca.

Now before I get into the many benefits of Maca, I like to share with you “What the heck is maca”

What The Heck Is Maca?
This plant is native to Peru (sometimes referred to as Peruvian ginseng) and the root portion is what is editable and is generally dried and consumed in a powder form, liquid or pill.

A cool thing about this superfood that you may not know is it is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables which includes broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, and turnips. However, it does not taste like any of the other family of vegetables. Instead, it is more earthy with a nutty taste, which is why it is excellent to add to oatmeal, cookies or smoothies.

how to use maca powder by barbies beauty bits and naked nutrient

If a powder isn’t your thing, then the Naked Nutrient capsule is perfect for you as the Maca powder is in a safe vegetarian capsule for ease of taking, unlike maca powder or liquid which, can have a robust taste, when consumed by itself.

So now that you know what the heck MACA is and where it comes from, I like to tell you why I love this superfood and why you should try it out yourself as it does have many more benefits than just helping with your sex drive!

The Benefits Maca By Barbies Beauty Bits

The Many Benefits Of Naked Nutrients Black Maca
Maca is packed with nutrients, surprisingly I read that this root contains around 31 different minerals, including calcium, iron, iodine, zinc, potassium, and vitamin B, just to name a few.  It also contains...
  • High levels of protein, fiber, vitamins & minerals.
  • A ton of different phytonutrients, a substance found in certain plants which are believed to be a beneficial natural remedy to human health and prevention of various diseases.
  • Boosts over 20 amino acids and potassium.
Review on Naked Nutrient Premium Organic Gelatinized Black Maca Root Vegan Capsules By Barbies Beauty Bits

Naked Nutrient Premium Organic Gelatinized Black Maca Root Vegan Capsules Are
  • USDA Organic Black Maca
  • No Fillers or Binders
  • USDA Vegan Capsules
  • Gluten free
  • Vegan & Paleo friendly
  • Manufactured in an FDA facility
  • NON-GMO
  • Sugar-Free
  • Gelatinized Maca is said to be the most potent as it removes useless starch for ease of digestion and leaves only the potent components of maca
Overall, the Maca roots and its properties have been very well researched for centuries and have been adopted to help aid with many different ailments in the human body. See some of these below.

Helps To Support The Endocrine System
Maca root powder is beneficial for the endocrine system. For those of you who may not know our endocrine system consists of the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands. These glands produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, mood, and more! And studies have shown that Maca can aid these glands, all in which are involved in hormonal balance.

Lower cortisol levels and reduce stress with maca by Barbies Beauty Bits

Reduce Your Cortisol Levels Caused By Stress
One thing I know that we may not always be great at managing is the stress in our lives from our work, children, on the go diets, and more.

These stress factors can cause women’s hormones to go into a frenzy, and when our hormones are out of whack, it can cause all kinds of issues.

Now I am not going to get too technical here, but for this post, I reached out to a friend of mine that works at a dermatologist office. And she explained that when women experience hormonal fluctuations due to stress, there is an increase in our cortisol levels, AKA stress hormone. This stress hormone gets broken down by our body into testosterone, and causes our skins oil production to skyrocket, causing a breakout!  And if that wasn’t bad enough it can also break down collagen and elastin, ultimately leading to wrinkles! Oh, and I forgot that his evil hormone could also lead to weight gain!

WT? Enough to cause you to stress even more, which is why I was happy to find out that we can use Maca to help also to lower cortisol, balancing moods and helping with anxiety and stress!

maca and sex drive by barbies beauty bits and naked nutrient

Better Sex Life
Us women over forty could all use this, right? Well all kidding aside, Maca can improve the libido and perk up a low sex drive for men and women! Think about it, a low sex drive can be caused by stress or even some anti-depressants and Maca can be the boost you need to Maca You Horny!

Peri-menopause

I am reaching the end of my forties, so when I hear peri-menopause, I realize how old I am getting. I remember my mom telling me about those horrible night sweats, hot flashes, sleepless nights, weight gain, and loss of libido, it can be depressing and even stressful (see how this all cycles together). And the thought of having to take hormone pills is scary, as I try to stay away from pharmaceutical drugs as much as I can. So, if you are like me, and want a non-hormonal boost, Maca root can be a significant boost of youth.

maca and menopause by barbies beauty bits and naked nutrient

Other Benefits And Uses Of Maca Root
  • An increase in antioxidant levels
  • Helps with memory and focus
  • Improves your energy levels
  • Supports Fertility
  • Helps to promote rapid muscle growth & endurance
  • Boosts immunity

Somethings To Be Cautious Of When Using Maca
As I state many times, I am not a medical professional.  The information I share on my blog is from my personal experiences and or research provided by the brands I work with. With that, there are some precautions you need to take when using MACA, see them below.
  • Should not be used by those who are allergic to iodine
  • If you have high blood pressure, please consult with a physician before use
  • You should also be cautious with maca if you are androgen sensitive, in the case of some expressions of PCOS.

Maca root side effects by barbies beauty bits and naked nutrients

Want to try some of this yourself? Well, now you can! You can purchase this product on Amazon or right from Naked Nutrient website.

Until next time!

Want to see some reviews on Naked Nutrient products?  Check them out below.

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